The Tom Brady effect! Tampa Bay Buccaneers slash stadium capacity by 3,600 for first season without NFL’s greatest quarterback on its roster
- Tom Brady retired from football in February after 23 seasons in the NFL
- And the Bucs have now reverted back to their original stadium capacity
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Tom Brady is no longer in Tampa Bay, and neither are 3,600 temporary seats the Bucs added for his final season.
Ahead of Brady’s last year in the NFL, Tampa Bay installed the ‘Krewe’s Nest’ for additional end zone seating in the south end of their stadium, bringing the capacity of Raymond James Stadium to nearly 70,000.
But with Brady gone, so to is the additional seating, as noted by the Pewter Report.
With the change, the stadium has gone from an increased capacity of 69,218 back to its original mark of 65,618.
The Bucs installed extra end zone seating in the south end of their stadium last season
Tom Brady’s team struggled in his last season, going 8-9 before exiting the playoffs in round 1
‘The addition of The Krewe’s Nest for this season is going to play a huge role in helping us create an unmatched atmosphere for games at Raymond James Stadium,’ Buccaneers COO Brian Ford said of the additional seating last year.
‘We are always focused on finding ways to create the best gameday experiences for our members and this is another example of that.’
The Bucs would go on to struggle in Brady’s final season as they went 8-9 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
With Brady gone, Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask are competing to be his successor.
Mayfield threw 63 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s preseason matchup vs. the Steelers while Trask had 99 yards and an interception.
Brady, meanwhile, is enjoying retired life as he took in Birmingham City’s win on Saturday.
The seven-time Super Bowl winner announced he’d invested in the club earlier this month.